By Mary Owen
Stayton resident Ryan Hendricks, owner of Finishing Touch Auto Detailing, earns the Rising Star title for 2016 from the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce.
Hendricks started his business as a part-time mobile detailer, handling a few jobs a week. After a few years, Finishing Touch grew into a two-bay shop with two employees.
“The location was great and I got busy almost instantly,” Hendricks said. “Now I have four full-time employees during the summertime. My business is built around providing the best quality service possible.”
Hendricks serves on the chamber board and gives back to his community by donating to school fundraisers. He also participates in the Ford Family Foundation, the Cleaner, Greener Canyon cleanup project, and the North Santiam Young Pros.
“I’m very honored to be picked by the community for this award,” he said. “It’s a great feeling being recognized for my hard work so early in my business, I have big plans and being awarded the ‘rising star’ reminds me of the progress I’ve made.”
Hendricks plans to move to a bigger shop in Stayton to better accommodate his customers, he said.
“We’ve outgrown our current shop,” he said. “We plan on finishing our move in early spring.”
Nominator Jerry Stevens, advertising director with Our Town, called Hendricks “a very bright and talented business owner with a very positive, can-do attitude. He is very committed to the chamber, local business and community demonstrated by his generosity with his time and talents.”
Nominator Ronda Lehman, owner of Lucky Dog Design, thinks Hendricks has a great story.
“I admire his hustle to get things done,” Lehman said. “I first met Ryan at a Chamber Greeters. He was doing mobile car detailing, just him and his detailing cart. Now, just a couple of short years later, he has several full-time employees, and is getting ready to open his business in a new larger location.
“He’s inspiring!” she added. “Ryan is such a positive force in the business community. He has a drive that I envy.”
Kathy Hendricks credits him with having “outstanding character and leadership for a young man of only 24 years of age.”
“I think so often we think that young people are of that ‘entitled generation, and I feel Ryan proves that it’s not generational,” she said. “If you have drive, focus, and work hard, you become a great contributing member to our community.”